This unit will trace the historical development and understanding of human rights and their relation to justice. It will examine some influential contemporary theories of justice and human rights and explore how they have found expression and consensual agreement in internationally ratified documents. These documents will be studied in detail. Particular attention will be given to the Roman Catholic understanding of justice and rights and how they found expression in official Catholic documents and in the writings of Catholic theologians. Finally, this unit will explore a range of contemporary issues such as immigration and cultural diversities; religious liberty and freedom of worship; the role of political authority vis a vis the political rights, responsibilities and participation of citizens; the tragedies of genocides and works of national reconciliation in the aftermath; torture; moral responsibility for the environment; modern forms of slavery; and capital punishment.
Describe the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights
Articulate the philosophical and theological foundations of the various conflicting justice and human rights positions in public discourse.
Engage in critical dialogue with diverse positions on justice and human rights issues in regard to the foundations for justice and rights
Evaluate the conflicting rights, duties, and responsibilities that public authorities face when formulating public policies that affect human rights
Critically evaluate arguments for positions taken in human rights debates using primary sources
Critically investigate a selected issue in human rights
DT 8000 or equivalent
Class presentations, discussions, lectures, films and videos
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1500 word Tutorial Presentation
4500 word Major Essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 14:46:06 +1000